Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/February 17

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This is a list of selected February 17 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only five to six events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled February 17, 2020 featured article or the February 17, 2020 featured picture.

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Tanis Diena Tanis Diena and date not mentioned in article
1400 – The body of the deposed king Richard II was put on display in London's Old St Paul's Cathedral, after his death in Pontefract Castle. date not cited; maybe should be moved to July 16 (date of coronation)
1600 – Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno, best-known as a proponent of heliocentrism and the infinity of the universe, was burned at the stake as a heretic for his denial of several core Catholic doctrines by the Roman Inquisition. refimprove section
1801 – The U.S. House of Representatives elected Thomas Jefferson as President and Aaron Burr as Vice President, resolving an electoral tie in the 1800 presidential election. unreferenced section
1865American Civil War: The Union Army captured Columbia, South Carolina; subsequently a large fire of unknown origin destroyed much of the city. date not cited
1872 – Three priests collectively known as Gomburza were executed in Manila, Philippines, by Spanish colonial authorities on charges of subversion arising from the Cavite mutiny. refimprove
1933 – The American weekly news magazine Newsweek was first published. refimprove section
1936The Phantom, one of the first modern comic book superheroes with the hallmark skintight costume and a mask with no visible pupils, made his first appearance in a daily newspaper comic strip. refimprove section
1949Chaim Weizmann began his term as the first President of Israel. lots of CN tags
1959Vanguard 2, the first weather satellite, was launched to measure cloud cover distribution. refimprove
1973 – The first ever OFC Nations Cup match was played. unreferenced
1979 – About 120,000 troops of the People's Liberation Army of China crossed into northern Vietnam, starting the Sino-Vietnamese War. unreferenced section, refimprove section
1995 – In the presence of the four guarantor countries of the Rio Protocol, Ecuador and Peru signed a peace declaration confirming a ceasefire, leading to the official end of the Cenepa War eleven days later. refimprove section
2003 – The London congestion charge, a fee that is levied on motorists travelling within designated parts of Central London, came into effect. outdated
Born on this day: Billie Joe Armstrong (1972) referencing issues.



February 17: Independence Day in Kosovo (2008)

Geraldine Farrar as Madama Butterfly
Geraldine Farrar as Madama Butterfly

Jovian (d. 364) · Isabelle Eberhardt (b. 1877) · Amber Merritt (b. 1993)

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